I have nothing against the belly. The belly is the house of all humanity. It is a sacred place, but we don't call [the dance] that. The name of the dance is raqs al-sharqi. Some dance scholars consider it the oldest dance in the world. In the last century and a half, as the West has commodified the dance, its reputation has become hypersexualized—a fact which endlessly frustrates both those who have studied raqs al-sharqi and those who consider it an integral and beautiful part of their culture.
Arab dance has many different styles, including the three main types of folklore, classical, and contemporary. The term "Arabic dance" is often associated with the belly dance. Traditional dancing is still popular among expatriate Arabs and has also been successfully exported to international folk dance groups all over the world. All dancers wear the traditional costume to embody the history of their culture and tell their ancestors stories. Historically, dance has always been an important part of Arab culture.
Since , Cassandra Shore has been creating theatrical versions of Middle Eastern dance for the concert stage, almost always with a live orchestra consisting of male musicians. This weekend, however, her Minneapolis-based company, Jawaahir Dance Company , will take an unprecedented step. The public face is always a political face, along with the repression women in Arabic countries experience. Being able to see what women are like in their everyday life, how they celebrate, and how they value their lives, is as important as the political side.
She nodded slightly, folding her arms under her bust and smiling, recognising more of her own features in his familiar face than any of his absent fathers, So, it could affect your whole life.
I guess, I mean it could. Then, she smiled, Think ahead ten, twenty, thirty years, what do the options look like then. He thought for a moment.